James Joseph Villella

July 6, 1955February 20, 2018

James Joseph Villella, 62, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 2018, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Sewickley, PA on July 6, 1955, he was the son of the late James Vincent Villella and Florence Aversa Villella Walls.

Mr. Villella was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He attended West Virginia University on a full track and field scholarship and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education, followed by an advanced degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He retired from the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System after 30 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal.

Survivors include his high-school sweetheart and wife of 39 years, Debora Domsic Villella; 2 sons, Kyle James Villella with his wife, Karen Correa Villella and Kurt Ross Villella with his wife, Rachel Rubin Villella, and their soon to be daughter, all of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by his sister, Christine Winwood with her husband, Charles of Wallace, NC.

Jim loved fishing, hunting, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Carolina Tarheels, and most of all his family. He was passionate about his work and grateful for the opportunity to positively impact his many students over the years. He was excited to become a grandfather and he will be missed dearly by many.

A mass to celebrate the life of James Villella is planned for 10:30 am Monday, February 26, 2018 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1400 Suther Road, Charlotte, NC 28213. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions in memory of James Villella to: The Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research, 14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513 or online at


  • Funeral Mass Monday, February 26, 2018

James Joseph Villella

have a memory or condolence to add?

Tony Romano

February 26, 2018

Mr. V was always the gentleman and a man of integrity. From when we had morning bus duty at North Meck, being my principal at Morgan school and having many discussions about W.Va. and WVU to him talking about his family, retiring and going fishing. A True Gentleman he was. My sympathies to his family.

Linda and Mike List

February 26, 2018

So sorry to hear about Jim. He was a great mentor to the boys, and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Debbie, Kyle, and Kurt.

Andrea Melchor-Troutman

February 25, 2018

Rest in heaven Coach V!!!!

Diane Maye

February 25, 2018

I had the pleasure of working at North Mecklenburg when Jim was assistant principal there. He was a very hard-working administrator. He had high expectations for students and was always an advocate for what was best for them. May he rest In peace as he is now with his Maker. May his family be filled with wonderful memories as they adjust to like without him and know that one day they will experience resurrection as Jim has.

Rick Domsic

February 25, 2018

Debbie and Family,
Rick and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! May God comfort and loving support be upon you all! Love and God Bless, Rick and Debbie Domsic

February 25, 2018

So sad to hear of cousin Jimmy Joe's passing. Our deepest condolences to Debbie and family.
May God bless all who have a heavy heart, and may He keep you in His grace at this time of sorrow and in moving forward in your lives.

Nadine and Tom Johnson(Nadine Villella)

Terry Mace

February 25, 2018

Kyle and Karen,

Joe and I know how much you loved him. There is nothing we can say that will take away your grief. Hold on to the good memories and dwell on those happy moments. It those memories that make the days ahead bearable. Give your mom more hugs and celebrate his final destination. He is smiling down on you.

Bill Hockenberry

February 24, 2018

To Debbie and family, and all who knew Jim. It saddens me to hear of Jims passing. I have known Jim since grade school. He was a great guy, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. May God bless you and your family. With heartfelt sadness.

Scott Smallwood

February 24, 2018

Dear Deb: My heart is saddened for you. My own heart is riddled with shock and disappointment for my having not watered a friendship that goes back many years. As you will come to find, the memories will be with you forever. One thing I remember for sure: Jim loved you more than any man can love his woman. I lost my wife in '16, rather unexpectedly and , as a hospice chaplain, I understand loss and the mystery of death. My earnest prayers for you, Kyle and Kurt. As grief and loss become unwanted residents in your life, I hope that ours will be able to renew a friendship that started back in 1971. Scott Smallwood 941 460-8677,

Gail Guerin

February 24, 2018

Debbie and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Dave and Gail (Domsic) Guerin